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“Deep dish pizza!”
Review of Don Chendo

Don Chendo
Ranked #29 of 1,397 Restaurants in Playa del Carmen
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Late Night, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: There's plenty of pizza in Playa del Carmen, but there's only one Don Chendo! Don Chendo is Playa's home for Chicago-Style deep Dish Pizza and delicious pasta. We affectionately serve Play's only authentic, Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza, as well as old-school spaghetti and meatballs, and shrimp, chicken, delicious salads, and much more. Don Chendo is all about home cooking!
Reviewed April 29, 2014

If your looking for something other than the typical thin crust pizza that you find in Playa, this is the place! Stopped in for a later snack and ordered the meatball pizza (don't be put off by the word 'gravy' on the menu, they mean tomato sauce) As a 'gringo' it's more like the pizza we get back home in Canada or the US. The outer crust is crisp but thick and soft in the middle with lots of cheese that strings out when you remove a piece and trails to your plate....unheard of in every other place in playa that we've tried before. Lots of tasty tomato sauce and very flavourful meatballs to top. An extra added surprise was to find the server was Jimmy, an old amigo that we got to know over the past couple of years from a former favourite restaurant down near 5th ave. Jimmy gives great service and speaks very good English and is obviously a lot more happy and content in his new surroundings. He also informed us that they will deliver to your condo or hotel. Russell, the owner makes a point to welcome you and chat with the guests and makes sure that everything is satisfactory. A nice touch that he's always been known for. (Also worked at the 'other' restaurant with Jimmy) A little off the beaten path up on 30th ave but still only a short walk in a very safe area, only a couple of blocks north of Mega, on the east side of the road. Small, quaint, not fancy, but very clean and lots of fans to keep you comfortable. Priced right, and we even were given bread with herbed oil and balsamic to start. Where do you get that when you order pizza? Because it is 'deep dish' it takes a couple minutes longer, so the bread is a smart extra touch. This is now our only 'go to' place for pizza in Playa. Can't wait to try the rest of the menu. The pasta and meatballs look awesome!

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Reviewed April 15, 2014

Truly enjoyed both of my dining experiences here. We had a salad, two different deep dish pizzas, and spaghetti/meatballs. Don't expect some "twist on the original" deep dish pizza. These will put you right back in Chicago! I've eaten at Gino's, Lou Malnati's, and Giordano's, just so you have a frame of reference. I would rather eat great pizza on the beach, but that's just me. Meatballs were outrageously good, some of the best I've ever had. And try the brownie!! It's delicious as well. Good luck saving room for it.

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Reviewed April 11, 2014 via mobile

Great restaurant! We thoroughly enjoyed our food and the great service from the staff. Our order (for 2 people) was a house salad, spaghetti and meatballs, The Chendo pizza, and a brownie. Food coma? Yes. Leftovers? Definitely. Regrets? Nope, not a one. Best meatballs I've had in a very long time and top notch Chicago deep dish! We're only in Playa for a week but we are planning a return visit before we head back home.

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Reviewed April 5, 2014

Other tenants in our condo complex suggested we try Don Chendos restaurant on 30th Ave ... so we did. We were very impressed! The service was very prompt ...and the food was delicious! The chef came out and introduced himself to us and made us feel so welcome in this neat little restaurant. I would recommend if you are in Playa del Carmen you try this restaurant!

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Thank Joan19582014
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Reviewed April 1, 2014

We found this intimate and very clean gem by chance one night walking around looking for a place to have a drink while we waited for a reservation at anothe restaurant. Needless to say we returned many times during our 6 week stay in Playa. We were always greeted warmly by Jimmy and Veronika, We tried everything on the menu and were never dissapointed. The meatballs are simmered all day, so they are juicy and by the way - huge. The Angel pasta is wonderful. The pizza is amazing. Russell, the owner, came to see us during each visit to find out how we were enjoying our meals. He and his staff take great pride in making each experience an unforgettable one. All ingredients used are fresh as Russell makes daily trips to acquire all he needs. This was by far our favorite. We will be back.

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Thank Joanne B
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